(Image credit: Whitworth Re-development, Architecture Images, Photography by Alan Williams

Temperatures are rising, flowers are blooming and spring is in the air. Whether your interests lie in art, theatre, music or exploring, be prepared to be inspired as Manchester surprises you this season.

The Whitworth Gallery has had a £15 million development which has transformed the gallery, with twice the space and unique display areas that reach into the landscape. Opening with ten new shows, ranging from contemporary commissions to historic exhibitions, the opening weekend is set to be a spectacular of art, music, performance, literature, family fun, fire and light shows.

Continue on your cultural journey with a visit to HOME, opening May 2015 is thisnew, purpose-built centre for international contemporary art, theatre, film and books. Offering everything from gallery to screen, café bar and bookshop, HOME is set to redefine the vision of the contemporary arts centre.

A trip to Manchester this spring would not be complete without experiencing the Manchester International Festival. Celebrating its fifth edition, from 2 – 19 July 2015, the festival presents an array of new, exciting and specially commissioned work by artists from around the world. With the full programme being announced in early March and some tickets already available, don’t miss the chance to see the city transform into a bustling festival zone, as you experience new world premieres and special events, covering the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture.

If the thought of Manchester conjours up images of cloud and rain, this spring there are a range of indoor options to keep the whole family entertained. The Lowry hosts a range of musicals, dramas and comedy, including Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, 12 Angry Men and Woman in Black, while The Royal Exchange Theatre, housed in one of Manchester’s most beautiful buildings, plays host to productions from Scuttlers to Anna Karenina.

Alternatively, try one of the fantastic free museums and galleries, such as the Museum of Science and Industry, where, until 19 April 2015, you will find the fabulous 3D Printing: the Future exhibition. This exhibition brings together hundreds of 3D printed objects, celebrating the creativity and potential of this ground-breaking technology. Other options include the Castlefield Gallery, IWM North and The John Rylands Library.

Whatever you choose to do this spring, do it in Manchester. For more information on events, head over to www.visitmanchester.com/spring


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